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Vol.XIV • No.IV

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A Familiar Game Plan

Fri, 2022-01-28 14:18 +0000

Julie Kelly:  Meet the Capitol Police’s New Spy Chief

When most Americans hear the term “Capitol Police,” they likely conjure visions of uniformed officers manning metal detectors at the numerous congressional buildings or helping tourists navigate the sprawling Capitol grounds: a D.C. version of a mall cop.

That imagery, however, is in stark contrast to reality as Democrats have weaponized yet another federal agency to target their political enemies on the Right.

After January 6, 2021, Capitol Police officials announced plans to expand beyond the legislatively authorized purview of the agency and open offices in Florida and California, as well as in other states. Congress overwhelmingly supported a bill last year to fork over $2.1 billion in new funding to the Capitol Police. Now flush with cash and immune from any serious public oversight, the agency is returning the favor by spying on dissidents of the Biden regime.

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Far from ensuring the safety of legislators and their staffs, the underlying political motive is obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention the past several years: the Capitol Police, acting as the Stasi of the Democratic Party, will collect dirt on Republicans under the pretense of national security then leak gossipy details to an always-compliant news media.

Journalists will then source the leaks to anonymous “intelligence officials” to legitimize any incriminating disclosures, which in turn will prompt Democrats to call for immediate investigations and criminal referrals—see the January 6 select committee for how this successful formula works.

In fact, an official from the Obama Administration, the birthplace of Russiagate and other political espionage efforts, is heading up the new endeavor. 

Read the rest here.

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Heartfelt Messages for the Truckers

Fri, 2022-01-28 14:09 +0000

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Betraying the American People

Thu, 2022-01-27 15:12 +0000

Miranda Devine:  ‘Betraying the American people’: Leaked video reveals Joe Biden’s ‘hush hush’ migrant invasion

While Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi go all out to protect Ukraine’s national sovereignty, at the same time they are orchestrating a clandestine invasion of America across the southern border.

Two million illegal immigrants from dozens of countries crossed over from Mexico last year, and the Biden administration is facilitating the cartels’ people-smuggling operation — at taxpayer expense.

Under cover of darkness, every night the federal government is transporting illegal migrants as fast as it can away from the border on secret charter flights into unsuspecting communities around the country. Officials have lied and obstructed the few journalists who have tried to reveal the truth.

This is nothing short of a betrayal of the American people.

And that’s not just me saying it — those are exactly the words of one federal government contractor employed to transport migrants from the southern border to the airport in White Plains.

“The government is betraying the American people,” the contractor told a Westchester County police officer in a conversation that was recorded on the cop’s bodycam on the tarmac of the county airport on Aug. 13, 2021. The men were standing beside a Boeing 737 flown in from Fort Bliss, Texas, by iAero Airways under charter by the federal government.

Read the rest here.

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Concerning a Potential for Spike Protein Interference With Tumor Suppressor P53

Thu, 2022-01-27 13:35 +0000
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Hans Von Spakovsky Reacts to Democrat “Voting Rights” Bills

Wed, 2022-01-26 21:30 +0000
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“I Don’t Know How You Sleep at Night”

Wed, 2022-01-26 16:21 +0000

Joyce Kamen:  Here’s The Wretched Story

The following excerpts of Andrew Hill’s conversation with Tess Lawrie, recently printed in media stories, are from Robert F. Kennedy’s book The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health (Children’s Health Defense).

Lawrie: I really, really wish, and you’ve explained quite clearly to me, in both what you’ve been saying and in your body language that you’re not entirely comfortable with your conclusions, and that you’re in a tricky position because of whatever influence people are having on you, and including the people who have paid you and who have basically written that conclusion for you.

Hill: You’ve just got to understand I’m in a difficult position. I’m trying to steer a middle ground and it’s extremely hard.

Lawrie: Yeah. Middle ground. The middle ground is not a middle ground…You’ve taken a position right to the other extreme calling for further trials that are going to kill people. So this will come out, and you will be culpable.

Lawrie: Lots of people are in sensitive positions; they’re in hospital, in ICUs dying, and they need this medicine.

Hill: Well…

Lawrie: This is what I don’t get, you know, because you’re not a clinician. You’re not seeing people dying every day. And this medicine prevents deaths by 80 percent. So 80 percent of those people who are dying today don’t need to die because there’s ivermectin.

Hill: There are a lot, as I said, there are a lot of different opinions about this. As I say, some people simply…

Lawrie: We are looking at the data; it doesn’t matter what other people say. We are the ones who are tasked with looking at the data and reassuring everybody that this cheap and effective treatment will save lives. It’s clear. You don’t have to say, well, so-and-so says this, and so-and-so says that. It’s absolutely crystal clear. We can save lives today. If we can get the government to buy ivermectin.

Hill: Well, I don’t think it’s as simple as that, because you’ve got trials…

Lawrie: It is as simple as that. We don’t have to wait for studies…we have enough evidence now that shows that ivermectin saves lives, it prevents hospitalization. It saves the clinical staff going to work every day and being exposed. And frankly, I’m shocked at how you are not taking responsibility for that decision. And you still haven’t told me who is [influencing you]? Who is giving you that opinion? Because you keep saying you’re in a sensitive position. I appreciate you are in a sensitive position, if you’re being paid for something and you’re being told [to support] a certain narrative…that is a sensitive position.

So, then you kind of have to decide, well, do I take this payment? Because in actual fact, [you] can see [your false] conclusions are going to harm people. So maybe you need to say, I’m not going to be paid for this.

I can see the evidence, and I will join the Cochrane team as a volunteer, like everybody on the Cochrane team is a volunteer. Nobody’s being paid for this work.

Hill: I think fundamentally, we’re reaching the [same] conclusion about the survival benefit. We’re both finding a significant effect on survival. (Author’s note: Hill says IVM has a significant effect on survival? And he STILL bows to a murderous master?)

Lawrie: No, I’m grading my evidence. I’m saying I’m sure of this evidence. I’m saying I’m absolutely sure it prevents deaths. There is nothing as effective as this treatment. What is your reluctance? Whose conclusion is that?

You keep referring to other people. It’s like you don’t trust yourself. If you were to trust yourself, you would know that you have made an error and you need to correct it because you know, in your heart, that this treatment prevents death.

Hill: Well, I know, I know for a fact that the data right now is not going to get the drug approved.

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How U.S. Government Officials Attempted to Cover Up Coronavirus Origins

Wed, 2022-01-26 12:21 +0000
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Is YOUR State Advancing Sound Money This Year?

Tue, 2022-01-25 20:59 +0000

The following article was provided by Stefan Gleason, President of Money Metals Exchange.

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Is your state promoting sound money?

The links below detail pending state legislation where Money Metals Exchange is actively working right now to defend the interests of taxpayers and precious metals investors.

We see some promising signs that additional states will remove sales and/or income taxes from the monetary metals in 2022 – and possibly even begin to accumulate gold and silver as a state reserve asset.

And not a moment too soon.

Now that irresponsible decisions by politicians and central bankers in Washington DC have sparked an inflation tsunami across the nation, Americans need to accumulate physical gold and silver bullion to protect their assets like never before.

Here is a rundown on pending state efforts so far:

Oklahoma to Consider Investing in Gold and Silver, Removing Income Taxes

Legislators in Oklahoma aim to protect state funds with physical gold and silver and remove capital gains taxes from gold and silver transactions… Keep Reading

Hawaii Expected to Continue Effort from 2021 Session, Eliminate Taxes on Sound Money

After an abrupt ending to the 2021 legislative session, legislators in Hawaii hope to pick up where they left on and eliminate state taxes on the purchase of gold, silver, platinum... Keep Reading

Will Gold and Silver Finally Become Sales Tax Free in Tennessee?

After years of several stymied pro-sound money efforts, legislators in Tennessee are feeling confident that 2022 will be the year when citizens can protect their savings without being taxed for purchasing gold and silver… Keep Reading

West Virginia Seeks to Eliminate ANOTHER Tax on Gold and Silver

After already having exempted gold and silver from sales taxes in West Virginia, a pro-sound money legislator aims to take it a step further, eliminating capital gains taxes from the sale of precious metals and declaring gold and silver legal tender in th… Keep Reading

Washington State Aims to Remove All Tax Liability from Sound Money Transactions

Washington State Rep. Chase has introduced a bill to eliminate ANY and ALL tax liabilities that may arise when transacting in precious metals… Keep Reading

New Jersey to Consider Ending Sales Taxes on Precious Metals

Legislators from New Jersey are trying to restore sound money in the Garden State. Originally introduced in 2021 but carrying over to 2022, these house and senate bills would end the practice of taxing the purchase of the monetary metals… Keep Reading

Will Kentucky Become 43rd State to Eliminate Sales Taxes on Gold and Silver?

A representative in the Bluegrass State wants to make Kentucky the 43rd state in the union to restore sound money.… Keep Reading

Virginia Legislators Introduce Measure to Prevent Sunset of Gold and Silver Tax Exemption

Members from both chambers of the Virginia legislature have introduced measures to keep gold and silver tax free by extending the exemption that currently exists in the Commonwealth… Keep Reading

Mississippi Legislators Introduce Several Pro-Sound Money Measures

Several members of the Mississippi House of Representatives have introduced measures to eliminate the sales tax on the sale of precious metals in the state… Keep Reading

Alabama Asked to Extend Popular Sales Tax Exemption on Sound Money

The House of Representatives in the Yellowhammer State expects to hear a measure to extend the sales tax exemption on gold and silver that currently exists… Keep Reading

 

If you live in any of these states, please urge your representatives to vote for these bills. I can say with absolute confidence that grassroots contact really does make an impact.

I’m proud of the efforts Money Metals and the Sound Money Defense League are leading to defend and promote the ownership of constitutional money in America.

If you want to see how your state stacks up currently, check out the 2021 Sound Money Index here.

And please keep your eyes out for Money Metals’ legislative alerts as these battles unfold!

   

Stefan Gleason is President of Money Metals Exchange, the company recently named "Best Overall Online Precious Metals Dealer" by Investopedia. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gleason is a seasoned business leader, investor, political strategist, and grassroots activist. Gleason has frequently appeared on national television networks such as CNN, FoxNews, and CNBC and in hundreds of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, TheStreet, and Seeking Alpha.

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How California Threatens its Doctors

Tue, 2022-01-25 19:09 +0000
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Ukrainian Official "Shocked" at Biden's "Green Light" to a Putin Incursion

Fri, 2022-01-21 14:46 +0000
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A Reckoning for the FBI over Trump-Russia Investigation?

Fri, 2022-01-21 13:12 +0000

Aaron Maté:  Durham vs. Horowitz: Tension Over Truth and Consequences Grips the FBI's Trump-Russia Reckoning

But Durham has made plain his dissent. In response to Horowitz's report, the special counsel announced that his office had "advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened." Durham stressed that, unlike Horowitz, his "investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department" and has instead obtained "information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S."

Durham’s office has not described the specific basis for its disagreement. But the Crossfire Hurricane advocates’ defense has a big problem: copious countervailing evidence in the public record – including in Horowitz's own report. A considerable paper trail points to Steele’s political opposition research playing a greater role in the probe than the FBI has acknowledged:

  • Numerous officials received Steele's allegations – some meeting with the ex-British intelligence officer himself – and discussed sending them up the FBI chain weeks before July 31, 2016, the Horowitz-endorsed date when the bureau claims it opened the Russia-Trump “collusion” investigation. These encounters call into question the FBI’s claim that Steele played no role in triggering Crossfire Hurricane and that its team only received the dossier weeks after their colleagues, on Sept. 19.
  • The FBI’s own records belie its claims that it decided to launch the Russia probe not because of the dossier, but instead on a vague tip recounting a London barroom conversation with a low-level Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos. Australian diplomat Alexander Downer’s tip, recorded in bureau records, was that Papadopoulos had merely "suggested" that Russia had made an unspecified "suggestion" of Russian help – a thin basis upon which to investigate an entire presidential campaign.
  • Upon officially opening Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, FBI officials immediately took investigative steps that mirrored the claims in the Steele dossier even though they were supposedly unaware of it. In August, the FBI team opened probes of Trump campaign figures Carter Page, Michael Flynn, and Paul Manafort – all of whom are mentioned in the dossier – based on predicates that are just as flimsy as the Downer-Papadopoulos pretext.
  • The FBI’s claim that Steele played no role in sparking the Trump-Russia probe is further called into question by top bureau officials’ previous false claims about the investigation, including Steele's role. They not only lied to the public and Congress, but to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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Flashback — April 14, 2009

Fri, 2022-01-21 12:53 +0000

Things haven't changed much since the first year of the Obama administration.

Libertarian Leanings:  DHS Prepares for the Tea Parties

On the eve of the Taxpayer Tea Parties the Department of Homeland Security has published a new report and distributed it to state and local law enforcement agencies.  The report, entitled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," warns that returning military veterans may pose a potential terrorist threat.

'The report, titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," dated April 7, states that "threats from white supremacist and violent anti-government groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts."

However, the document, first reported by talk-radio host and WND columnist Roger Hedgecock, goes on to suggest worsening economic woes, potential new legislative restrictions on firearms and "the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."

Read the rest here.

Then, as now, if you should happen to hold any conservative or libertarian views, you are a terrorist threat in the eyes of our federal government.

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The Cabal That Bragged of Fixing the Election Must Answer for It

Fri, 2022-01-21 11:21 +0000

Glenn Reynolds:  The ‘cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us must answer for his failed presidency

It’s time to admit it. Less than a year in, Joe Biden’s is a failed presidency. Biden knows it, the press knows it, and voters know it. And our foreign adversaries like China and Russia know it.

It’s also time to look at the “cabal” of business, labor and political leaders who foisted the Biden administration on us. That won’t be hard, as they were openly bragging about their efforts less than a year ago.

The failure is obvious. The administration is so desperate, it’s begging the press for better coverage. (What, they’re supposed to lie about gas and food prices? I guess so.) The Chinese and Russians are moving aggressively against the United States and its allies, on the ground, on the seas and even in outer space, because they don’t fear repercussions from a tired, incoherent president who presides over an administration of woke incompetents and Obama retreads.

And voters? Voters know firsthand. A staggering 63 percent of them think the country is on the wrong track, according to this week’s Wall Street Journal poll. Only 27 percent think it’s on the right track. Forty-six percent expect the economy to get worse; only 30 percent think it will get better. Far more expect inflation to worsen than to improve. Thirty-three percent think crime will get worse. Fifty percent think the nation’s political divide will worsen.

Read the rest here.

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A Helpful Hint for the FBI Who Couldn't Find a Motive

Thu, 2022-01-20 14:12 +0000
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Hundreds of "Doctors and Scientist" Trying to Save Us from Joe Rogan

Thu, 2022-01-20 13:52 +0000

Daily Mail:  A veterinarian, a dentist and a podcast host? Majority of ‘270 doctors’ who signed letter demanding Spotify take action against Joe Rogan are not medical doctors

The majority of the 270 signatories to an open letter to Spotify accusing Joe Rogan of pushing 'anti-vax misinformation' on his podcast - with one branding him a 'menace to public health' - are not medical doctors. 

Hundreds of doctors and scientists signed the letter, published January 10, that called on the streaming giant to adopt a misinformation policy after the comedian hosted the controversial Dr Robert Malone last month.

Only 87 of the signatories are medical doctors. Malone himself has an MD from Northwestern University.

Some of the other medical professions represented include: Dr. Christine Garvey, a Western New York-based veterinarian; Dr. Colleen Trecartin-Frost, a dentist from New Jersey; Autumn Schuster, a social worker at the University of California at Irvine;  Korinne Bricker, a 'COVID-19 laboratory supervisor', as well as a host of teachers,  engineers and psychologists. 

A few of the people signing the letter also work on podcasts like Rogan's.

Read the rest here.

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Senate Rule Change Fails — Filibuster Remains

Thu, 2022-01-20 12:12 +0000

Epoch Time:  Manchin and Sinema Vote With Republicans Against Changing Senate Rules for Elections Overhaul

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) joined Republican senators on Jan. 19 to vote down an attempt by the Democrats to change the rules of the U.S. Senate in order to pass a major elections overhaul bill that was a top priority for President Joe Biden.

Manchin and Sinema have long said they would oppose the so-called “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules so that legislation can be passed with a simple minority.

The 52–48 vote likely marks the end of the push to pass the voting bill, which would have nationalized key aspects of how elections are conducted in the United States, including a provision that would have made voting by mail a permanent option in every state.

Read the rest here.

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End Game in Sight?

Wed, 2022-01-19 19:12 +0000

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Will 2022 Be “The Year of Sound Money” in the States?

Wed, 2022-01-19 15:18 +0000

The following article was provided by Jp Cortez, Policy Director at Sound Money Defense League.

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Last year was a good year for state-level sound money legislation across the United States. 2022 could be even better.

Building on the success enjoyed by sound money advocates in Arkansas and Ohio last year, more than a half dozen states are now considering legislation that rolls back discriminatory taxes and regulations on the sale, use, and purchase of gold and silver.

More States Are Removing Sales Taxes on Gold & Silver

To date, 42 states have removed some or all taxes from the purchase of gold and silver. And there are new bills pending now in five of the eight remaining states, i.e. Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Hawaii, and New Jersey.

Taxing the exchange of Federal Reserve Notes for the monetary metals is an atrocious policy, for several reasons.

States generally don’t tax the purchase of investments. States don’t slap sales taxes on the purchase of stocks, bonds, ETFs, currencies, and other financial instruments. Gold and silver are held as forms of savings and investment. So taxing precious metals penalizes a single class of savers and investors.

Taxing precious metals actually reduces a state’s tax revenues. A Michigan analysis revealed that the sales tax revenue extracted was actually exceeded by revenue lost from conventions, businesses, and economic activity driven out of the state.

And states with sales taxes on precious metals are at a competitive disadvantage to neighboring states that have ended the practice.

Taxing precious metals is harmful to citizens attempting to protect their assets. Purchasers of precious metals generally aren't fat cat investors. Most who buy precious metals do so in small increments as a way of saving money.

People purchase precious metals, in part, to preserve their wealth against the ravages of inflation. Inflation especially harms the poorest among us, including pensioners, senior citizens on fixed incomes, wage earners, and savers. 

Levying taxes on precious metals is illogical and inappropriate. Purchases of computers, shirts, and shoes are taxable to the final consumer. But precious metals are inherently held for resale, not "consumption," making the entire notion of taxing their purchase illogical from the start.

Here is a quick rundown of pending sales tax repeal bills…

In the Bluegrass State, Rep. Kirk-McCormick introduced House Bill 272 last week to cancel Kentucky sales taxes on gold, silver, platinum, and palladium coins and bars.

In neighboring Tennessee, Rep. Gant and Sen. Stevens are pursuing a similar measure. Their efforts are bolstered by a newly released study by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) which encourages the Volunteer State to end the practice of taxing precious metals.

House Bill 514 and Senate Bill 870, introduced in 2021 by Rep. Gant and Sen. Stevens respectively, will be considered this spring.

Even as Kentucky and Tennessee legislators move forward, Mississippi may beat them to the punch in becoming the 43rd state to cancel sales taxes on the monetary metals.

So far, three such bills have been introduced in Mississippi: House Bill 426, House Bill 518, and House Bill 729, introduced by Rep. Ford, Rep. Hopkins, and Rep. Bomgar, respectively.

Hawaii is also poised to end state sales taxes on gold and silver. House Bill 1184, introduced by Rep. Okimoto, sailed through two committees last year, passing unanimously out of one... and passing overwhelmingly out of the other. (The bill was put on hold due to fears that enacting tax cuts could jeopardize Biden’s handouts to state legislatures last year.)

Meanwhile, legislators in New Jersey also hope to eliminate sales taxes on precious metals. Last year’s sound money tax exemption effort was led by Assemblyman Dancer and Sen. Doherty, and they are championing this cause in the Garden State again this session.

Alabama and Virginia are among the states already on the right side of the sales tax issue. However, both exemptions sunset this year.

Sound money allies have already mobilized, introducing measures to extend the life of those states’ exemptions – specifically, Senate Bill 13, sponsored by Sen. Melson in Alabama, and House Bill 936, sponsored by Del. Batten in Virginia.

Let’s hope they succeed, because re-imposing sales taxes on gold and silver has proven to be a debacle.

In recent years, the state of Ohio and Louisiana both experimented briefly with resuming taxation on precious metals purchases, only to reverse course after businesses, coin conventions, and state tax revenues exited the state.

More States Want to End Income Taxes on Gold & Silver

In 2019, the Sound Money Defense League teamed up with sound money advocates in West Virginia to eliminate sales taxes on precious metals.

This year, Delegate Pritt has introduced House Bill 3135 to take things a step further by eliminating capital gains taxation on sound money and reaffirming gold and silver as money in the state.

A similar effort will be considered in Olympia, Washington.

Introduced last session by Rep. Chase, House Bill 1417 seeks to remove all forms of taxation on the metals. Rep. Chase wants to ensure the Evergreen State remains near the top of the Sound Money Index.

A capital gains tax on precious metals is often a tax on imaginary gains.

Under current law, a taxpayer who sells precious metals may end up with a capital “gain” in terms of Federal Reserve Notes. This capital “gain” is not necessarily a real gain, it’s often a nominal gain that results from the inflation created by the Federal Reserve and the attendant decline in the dollar’s purchasing power.

Yet this nominal gain is taxed at the federal level – and, because most states use federal adjusted gross income (AGI) as a starting point for income calculations, this nominal gain is taxed again by the state (in most cases).

Neutralizing punitive income tax treatment of the monetary metals would remove the last major disincentive that stands against the ownership and use of the monetary metals.

The Attack on Sound Money Is Rooted in Federal Policy

Of course, individual states cannot bring soundness to America’s monetary system on their own. The root of the problem is the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury, and Congress who have fully embraced fiat money and abandoned monetary restraint.

With the Consumer Price Index running at its highest rate in 40 years, inflation is becoming the most pressing economic issue of our time.

While federal policymakers are exacerbating the problem, some states are thankfully stepping up to give their citizens some tools to protect themselves.

   

Jp Cortez is a graduate of Auburn University and a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Policy Director of the Sound Money Defense League, an organization working to bring back gold and silver as America's constitutional money. Follow him on Twitter @JpCortez27

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